Governor Northam Announces Legislative Proposals to Protect Voting Rights and Reform Campaign Finance Laws

News Release,  January 7, 2019

Proposals include no-excuse absentee voting, repeal of photo ID requirement, and limits for large campaign contributions

Governor Ralph Northam today announced legislative proposals to remove barriers to voting and reform campaign finance laws. The package includes proposals to implement no-excuse absentee voting; repeal the requirement to show a photo ID to vote; limit large campaign contributions; ban direct contributions from corporations or businesses; and prohibit the personal use of campaign funds.

“Participation makes our democracy strong—we should encourage every eligible voter to exercise this fundamental right, rather than creating unnecessary barriers that make getting to the ballot box difficult,” said Governor Northam. “I am also hopeful we will be successful working together this session to increase the transparency of our elections for Virginians by imposing reasonable limitations on campaign contributions.”

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Legislation repealing the law requiring individuals to present a photo ID in order to vote will be patroned by Senator Mamie Locke and Delegate Kaye Kory. 

“Voting is the constitutional right of every American citizen. Lawmakers should be working to increase access to the voting booth, not inventing ways to keep voters away from the polls,” said Delegate Kaye Kory. “The photo ID requirement prevents the most vulnerable Virginians from voting and silences the voices of those who most need to be heard.”

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